Buying a home isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. If you’re looking for that ultimate property, don’t limit yourself to high street realtors. Here are just a few other places to find properties that could help to broaden your search.
Look for independent sellers online
Many home-owners nowadays are saying no to estate agents when selling their property, taking on all the marketing themselves. With plenty of listing sites and social media, it’s much easier to sell a property independently. Buying from independent sellers could allow you a better platform for negotiation. Independent sellers may also use offline marketing tactics such as advertising in the newspaper or simply propping up a For Sale sign outside their home – keeps your eyes peeled for these kind of properties.
Try new builds
It’s worth checking out if there are any new homes for sale in your area. You may be able to go directly through a building company or even find a property planning company that have houses scheduled to be built on the horizon. New homes could be cheaper to buy and easier to maintain. They’re likely to also be very eco-friendly with good insulation, helping to lower your heating bills.
Visit a property auction
You may be able to buy a property through an auction. This is generally a route reserved for property investors, although it can still be a place to find a home. There may be cheaper repossessed properties for sale at auctions that need to sell fast. There may also be ‘as is’ properties, which require a lot of renovation but are cheaper to buy as a result. Make sure you know what you’re buying into – you can’t spend weeks mulling over a purchase at an auction, although you may be able to buy something that you can then trade for another property.
Consider a house swap
Some homeowners may be looking for a house swap. This is where two people exchange properties that roughly at the same value. Whilst you may not have to worry about the sale cost, the paperwork is still important and you’ll need to hire a conveyancer. There are specialist sites set up for house swapping in which you can peruse through swap options nearby.
Consider a self-build
Still can’t find you ideal home? Another option could be to build your very own dream property. You’ll need to scout around for land to buy first, which is often the most expensive and difficult part. Not all land will be legal to build on, so it’s worth getting the approval of your local planning committee first before committing to buying land. There are lots of construction companies out there that can help you to build your dream property. Building you own home can often be cheaper than buying a home of the same quality – there are self-build mortgages available for those that don’t have the money to build a home outright.